Is bisphenol-A (BPA) in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resin safe for use or not?
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said there is no health risk associated with the chemical "although" further testing is required. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) confirmed that people are safe from the levels of BPA exposure currently found in baby bottles and metal cans "but" it will continue to monitor scientific findings regarding BPA's safety.
All was calm and good for a few days [or weeks] and even California decided not to pass its SB1713 bill that would have ban BPA 's use in food-contact products for use by children under the age of three.
But then the National Toxicology Program (NTP) of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) released its final BPA report yesterday stating that there is "some" concern about its effects on development of the prostate gland and brain and for behavioral effects in fetuses, infants and children.
"There remains considerable uncertainty whether the changes seen in the animal studies are directly applicable to humans, and whether they would result in clear adverse health effects," said NTP Associate Director John Bucher, Ph.D. "But we have concluded that the possibility that BPA may affect human development cannot be dismissed."Conflicting messages indeed. So what will a consumer do and who will he/she believes?
The FDA said BPA-contained products are safe although the agency also stated that it will consider the NTP report as it continues its search for the right answer about BPA's safety.
NTP advised that if parents are concerned, they can make the personal choice to reduce exposures of their infants and children to BPA.
And with that statement, chemical companies who are finding alternatives to BPA are probably cheering up with the idea of potential profits.
Even with a 50-year safety track record, as according to the American Chemistry Council, with that advice from the NTP, whose parents in their right mind would risk their kids to BPA exposure when their safety seems to be inconclusive?